City of Lufkin, 300 E. Shepherd
Lufkin, Texas 75902 936-634-8881

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Zoo Location

The Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904. On the north Loop 287, exit north on Martin Luther King and turn left immediately onto Zoo Circle. Parking is available along the street or the parking lots in Ellen Trout Park. Buses are requested to park in the Expo Center parking lot.  Call 936-633-0399 for more information.  Click here for a map.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




















* Zoo Safari 2018 *


Zoo Safari 2018 Dates:

March 19: Registration for FOETZ members ONLY

March 26: General registration






Zoo Safari Online Registration




Zoo Safari Classes

Class Times: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

If a class that you are interested in is filled, you can be put on a waiting list by contacting Whitney Heckler.
WHeckler@ellentroutzoo.com or 936-630-0574




June 04-08


June 11-15


June 18-22


June 25-29


July 02-06


July 09-13


July 16-20


July 24-27


July 31 - Aug. 03


Aug. 06-10



ZOO SAFARI BEGINS: 1st/2nd and
5th/6th(Full) grades

1st/2nd(Full) and 5th/6th(Full) grades and
Jr. Zookeeper

1st/2nd and 3rd/4th(Full) grades and
Jr. Zookeeper

1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grades


Off for the July 4th Holiday


1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grades and
Jr. Zookeeper

1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grades and
Jr. Zookeeper

3rd/4th and 5th/6th grades


3rd/4th and 5th/6th grades


3rd/4th and 5th/6th grades





Critter Classification (going into first or second grade)

Discover the slinky, furry and fluffy critters of Ellen Trout Zoo and around the world. Campers will come face-to-face with creatures\ great and small, play games, be creative with animal crafts and explore their zoo!



Wild Detectives (going into third and fourth grade)

Become Eco-explorers and investigate endangered animals and their endangered wild homes. Campers will meet rare and endangered animals, go behind-the-scenes and discover ways to help conserve and protect our animal friends.



Zoo Engineers (going into fifth and sixth grade)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you ran the zoo? Campers will design exhibits for their favorite zoo animals, set up and take touch carts throughout the zoo, develop and enrichment project and more.





Jr. Zookeeper Work Areas


What is Jr. Zoo Keepers?




Jr. Zookeepers: 2018

Jr. Zookeeper Application for 2018 (click here)

Jr. Zookeeper Deadlines: 

March 09 @ 5:00pm ---- Applications and teacher recommendations due
March 23 @ 5:00pm ---- Jr. Zookeeper Essays are due

April 06 & 07 - Jr. Zookeeper Interviews


Zoo Animal Classifications

Mammals North:  This area includes – big cats, rhinos, giraffe, clinic animals and some others.

 

Asia/Primates:  This area includes – primates, Asian section of the zoo minus reptiles, parrots,  sloths, tamarins, otters, courtyard birds, king vulture and small bats.

 

Herps:  This area includes the reptiles and amphibians in the small animal building, alligators, Galapagos tortoises, Komodo Dragons, Siamese and Nile crocodiles and large Asian pythons.

 

Mammals South:  This area includes – Hippos, tapirs, deer, African Aviary, African tortoises and the waterfowl pool. 




The Ellen Trout Zoo has a brochure available describing the venomous snakes found in East Texas. The PDF brochure is available in both English and Spanish.  The brochure was written by Gordon Henley, Zoo Director and is illustrated with photographs by Celia Falzone, General Curator.  Editorial assistance was provided by J. Colin Crawford, Education Assistant.  The brochures provide written and photographic descriptions of the 5 species of venomous snakes found in Angelina County.


Education continues to be an integral part of the Ellen Trout Zoo's statement of purpose.   Ellen Trout Zoo began offering formalized educational programs in 1977 to schools in the East Texas area.  This important educational resource has expanded its role and offerings over the past years to include a broad spectrum of both formalized and informal programs.




  • Wildlife on Wheels:  A series of in-classroom programs designed to expand on wildlife oriented curriculum for elementary students.  Subjects include endangered species, animal adaptations, animal taxonomy, and rainforest environments.  These programs meet state mandates for science and are offered free of charge.
     
  • Feeding Labs:  A zoo classroom presentation for second grade that focuses on animal nutrition.
     
  • Guided Tours:  Three types of guided tours are available
    • General tours
    • Animal adaptations tours
    • Endangered species tours



Teachers:  Now is the time to schedule tours and feeding labs.  Call Charlotte at 633-0403 or email her at chenley@ellentroutzoo.com.

  • Teacher Workshops:  Workshops are offered to area teachers both at the zoo and on their own campuses.  Workshops are also conducted with Region VII (Texas Education Agency).
  • University Internships:  Texas A&M State University and Stephen F. Austin State University have placed student interns at the Zoo for the past six years.  Internships provided students with hands-on experiences working with exotic wildlife in a captive management situation that are difficult to obtain.

  • Curriculum Supplements:  Part of the programming offered includes supplemental information for the classroom and for class visits to the zoo.  Teachers may download the following information. 




 

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, contact Charlotte Henley at 936-633-0403.






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